When Jennifer Gilbert was just a year out of college, a twenty-two-year-old fresh-faced young woman looking forward to a bright future, someone tried to cut her life short in the most violent way. But she survived, and not wanting this traumatic event to define her life, she buried it deep within and never spoke of it again.
She bravely launched a fabulous career in New York as an event planner, designing lavish parties and fairy-tale weddings. Determined to help others celebrate and enjoy life's greatest moments, she was convinced she'd never again feel joy herself. Yet it was these weddings, anniversaries, and holiday parties, showered with all her love and attention through those silent, scary years, that slowly brought her back to life.
Always the calm in the event-planning storm—she could fix a ripped wedding dress, solve the problem of an undelivered wedding cake in the nick of time, and move a party with two days' notice when disaster struck—there was no crisis that she couldn't turn into a professional triumph. Somewhere along the way, she felt a stirring in her heart and began yearning for more than just standing on the sidelines living vicariously through other people's lives. She fell in love, had her heart broken a few times, and then one day she found true love in a place so surprising that it literally knocked her out of her chair.
As Gilbert learned over and over again, no one's entitled to an easy road, and some people's roads are bumpier than others. But survive each twist and turn she does—sometimes with tears, sometimes with laughter, and often with both.
Warm, wise, alternately painful and funny, I Never Promised You a Goodie Bag is an inspiring memoir of survival, renewal, and transformation. It's a tale about learning to let go and be happy after years of faking it, proving that while we can't always control what happens to us, we can control who we become. And instead of anticipating our present in a goodie bag at the end of an event, we realize our presence at every event is the real gift.
A great read on a Sunday afternoon as your kids are playing. The story has many messages that are wonderful for living life even after tragedy strikes. Read morePublished 1 day ago by Kindle Customer
A very good read.l liked the philosophy and thinking and reasoning about how to live your life and how to face any calamity that you face.Published 16 days ago by STEVEN CALLAHAN
I love business memoirs, and this was a business memoir with an interesting personal story interwoven. I read it in a day on the couch. It was lighthearted and well written. Read morePublished 1 month ago by FIONA PARK
This isn't what I expected. But it was an ok book. The author speaks of her trauma in a clear voice but I was expecting something a bit more uplifting. Read morePublished 1 month ago by TC
Great read with wonderful life lessons for control freaks and worry warts. Gilbert gives us a look into how being a victim doesn't mean we have to be damaged for the rest of our... Read morePublished 4 months ago by shoponadime
LOVED this book, especially as a woman living in NYC, I was incredibly inspired. I've recommended it to so many friends already!Published 7 months ago by NYCReader
I read about this woman in my Success magazine. This is a true story and a must read.Published 9 months ago by AGraci